Welcome and happy holidays! If you are new here, I’m Brenna and I am so happy that you decided to stop by! Welcome to Domestic Charm, a place where I encourage you to eat beautiful things, surround yourself with amazing friends, make home your sanctuary, be exactly who you are meant to be and live a life of domestic charm. I try to live this every day. And what better time to do that than during the holidays?! A huge thank you to Amy and Christy of 11 Magnolia Lane and Jenny from Evolution of Style for putting together this amazing tour of holiday homes. It is always one of my favorites every year! So here is our holiday home. I hope you enjoy it!
I adore decorating for the holidays! But I do have one rule – I DO NOT decorate before Thanksgiving! I know it puts me a little behind the rest of you, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. Thanksgiving is its own holiday and needs to be celebrated properly. Then you can usher in Christmas. Who’s with me?
So now that I am fully able to do the holiday decorating, I take it one room at a time. Today I’d like to share with you my kitchen, living room and dining room. During the holidays, these rooms really are the heart of the home. That is where all of the cooking, eating and gathering take place. And personally, they are my favorite places in my house.
Using fresh greenery for the holidays just seems like a no-brainer to me. But sometimes, it isn’t that easy to come by. We have allergies in our home (our son) so we can’t have a real Christmas tree, which means, no tree branches lying around. So I purchased some olive branches form a local flower shop and scavenged my back yard. I draped olive branches and evergreen limbs throughout our kitchen, even in the light fixture.
We renovated our home from top to bottom last year and literally finished it 3 days before Thanksgiving. So this is only my second time decorating this house for Christmas! I continue to find new places to put things without having to go out and buy all new decorations. Like my range hood…. I love this little ledge for putting up some fun pinecone lights and marble Christmas trees.
One of my favorite decorative pieces, an antique dough bowl, gets plenty of use on our kitchen counter. Greenery and fresh pomegranates take center stage along with some LED fairy lights.
We have a very open floor plan. During the renovation we actually took out a wall to make it this open. (You can read all about our kitchen renovation here.) So the kitchen feeds directly into the living room. I just love this living room! My favorite part is our big, stone fireplace.
This year I really wanted to do my tree and family room in silver and gold, with a couple of small pops of red. You just can’t have Christmas without red! So I brought out my favorite reindeer bowl and all of my mercury glass to decorate the sofa table.
I made sure to decorate our tree in as much gold as I could find. I love adding ribbon onto our tree. It is a wonderful way to fill in the blanks and keep it affordable. Plus, the warm glow of the lights really adds to the gold sparkles.
As you can see, I still have some Christmas shopping to do!
One thing I don’t need to do is prepare any cocktails. I’ve got that covered in the butler’s pantry and dining room.
I think that keeping your table settings simple is the best way to allow the food to be the star. So for our holiday home dining room, I just let the plates be the center of attention. I kept with the silver and gold theme of the living room, but added in some greenery and of course, the Admiral.
Is your home ready for the holidays? I still have several more rooms to go, but I am so pleased with how cozy the house looks right now. I hope you enjoyed our holiday home tour. I’m so glad you stopped by! Stay tuned for more – I have lots more to share! Happy holidays!
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